Also Known As: Holy Sage, Eclipse, Mexican Magic Mint
Salvia divinorum is a Mexican plant, with leaves that contain psychoactive chemicals that produce hallucinations. Sold on the internet and in ‘headshops’ as ‘herbal ecstasy’, salvia is one of a number of substances marketed as ‘herbal highs’.
Salvia is sold in dried leaf form.
Salvia is either chewed or smoked.
Although salvia has been around for hundreds of years, there has been very little research carried out into its effects. Depending on dosage, experiences can vary from the fairly mild to full blown with psychedelic hallucinations.
At higher doses users have reported experiencing dramatic time distortion, vivid imagery and scary hallucinations.
Taking salvia does involve risks. There is some concern that salvia could trigger psychotic episodes particularly in young people and people with previous history of, or a family history of, mental health problems.
Throat and lung irritation, headaches and mild irritability have been reported after using salvia.
Most physical harms resulting from using salvia occur as a result of people injuring themselves when under the influence of salvia, rather than salvia directly causing harm.
It is not against the law to possess products containing salvia but selling, supplying or advertising it for human consumption is illegal and sellers can be prosecuted under medicines legislation. For this reason most sellers will clearly state that their products are ‘not for human consumption’.